The University of Texas El-Paso announced that three members of its men’s basketball team have been suspended after allegations of gambling led to FBI investigations into the team.
The players who were removed from the team include leading scorer McKenzie Moore, Justin Crosgile and Jalen Ragland.
CBS Sports reported that school officials said there was no evidence that the incidents involved point shaving or that any bets had been placed on any event that had anything to do with UTEP games.
“We evaluate every film after every ball game and I was not suspicious of any behavior that they were betting on any UTEP event,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said. Because of the investigation, he has not spoke to Moore or Ragland since Dec. 28.
The three players will face some serious punishments if the allegations are true.
School officials also neglected to specify what kind of games the players were alleged to have gambled on or how frequently. If the allegations are true, all three will be suspended at least a year, per NCAA rules, and lose a year of eligibility following the suspension. Since the players involved are in their junior year or above, that would mean their college careers would be effectively over.